Fmr. Clinton Campaign Manager: ‘I Can’t Sugarcoat’ Her Comments on Trump’s ‘Backwards’ Campaign

March 13, 2018

A former presidential campaign manager for Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the two-time failed presidential candidate hurt Democrats with her recent comments in India.

Patti Solis Doyle was the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and she appeared on "S.E. Cupp Unfiltered" to discuss the latest news involving her former boss. Clinton said she lost the 2016 election because President Donald Trump’s supporters do not want black people to vote or women to work, and Solis Doyle was disappointed.

"Look, this was bad. I can’t sugarcoat it," she said. "She was wrong and clearly it’s not helpful to Democrats going into the midterms and certainly not going into 2020. She's put herself in a position where Democrats are going to have to distance themselves from these remarks and distance themselves from her, particularly those Democrats that are running in the states that Donald Trump won."

Cupp asked Solis Doyle why Clinton is doing this, suggesting that maybe Clinton did not realize this video would make it to American media. Solis Doyle responded by saying there may be a "kernel of truth" to what Clinton said.

"If you unpack it a little bit more and go down a couple of layers down, you know, it is true that cultural issues and issues about race and issues about sexism played a major role in 2016," she said.

Cupp replied by bringing up the impact Clinton's words would have had she become president.

"If she had been elected and said something like that, I think a lot of people would have been very hurt by that and felt like he was not the president of everyone," Cupp said.

Solis Doyle replied by saying she "would like to think" Clinton would not take such a negative view of American voters if they had elected her.

"You're right, they are very divisive comments. I would like to think if she were elected president she would not be speaking that way," Solis Doyle said.

She went on to say that she hopes Clinton can get over her pain and continue speaking out.

"I think she is still coming to terms with the loss, and if I were in her shoes, so would I," Solis Doyle said. "I don't think the answer is to hush her up or, you know, take her away from the public view. I think she has a lot to offer."

"This is a woman who has longevity in the party, who still has a lot to add and can be helpful moving forward by raising money, by campaigning for people," Solis Doyle added.

"Well, Republicans certainly hope she has longevity in the party, too," Cupp replied.

Soils Doyle also publicly criticized Clinton for not following her advice to fire faith adviser Burns Strider when he was accused of sexual harassment.